So im in the market for an engagement ring, yay right? To those that are knoweldgeable in this subject, I ask you: If i want a carat, should i be looking at the .95 range instead of 1.0x? Im told that there's a huge markup between .99 and 1.0 for those who have bought rings, what did you look more towards, clarity or color or cut Should I stay away from SL1 or should it depend on where the inclusion is. Today I looked at a GIA 1.02ct SL1, I-color, Excellent cut - $5900 for the stone alone, $1850 for the setting. Thats not out of the question but Im cheap and love my money, so I obviously would love to spend less - but at the same time, I want a nice ring for my lovely girlfriend. Id really prefer to get a VS2. Today i went to a nice Jewish fella on Jewelers Row in Philly, he sat with us for over an hour showing us numerous diamonds but Im sure I can find something cheaper. I already decided on the setting Im getting. Any tips on getting the best deal?